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Working at Ford

Although Ford paid what were considered good wages, black workers were often dissatisfied with their working conditions, lack of promotion, and demeaning treatment. Unable to strike, they often quit their jobs as a protest. In 1919 about 870 African-American workers out of 1,600 quit the company. This tendency to quit over poor conditions was common in other companies and cities as well.

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Image ID: 08_047
Title: [Ford worker grinding rough spots off freshly molded metal parts.]
Location: Ohio Historical Society
Subjects: African American automobile industry workers
African Americans -- Employment
Detroit (Mich.)
Ford automobile
Ford Motor Company

Keywords: Detroit
Ford Motor Company
Men - Employment
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